Anne Kearney

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Anne Kearney
EducationGreater Cincinnati Culinary Arts Academy
Culinary career
Cooking styleAmerican interpretation of Provencal Bistro fare

Anne Kearney is an American chef and restaurateur.

Kearney describes her cooking with the motto "Food of Love". With a background at Bistro at the Maison de Ville and Peristyle with John Neal and as line cook and culinary assistant at Emeril Lagasse's Emeril's, she was given the opportunity to purchase Peristyle from Neal's estate in 1995. She rose to national recognition and later was honored in 2002 with a James Beard Foundation award as "Southeast Regional Best Chef". Kearney's food is an American interpretation of Provençal bistro fare.


Kearney earned her toque at the Greater Cincinnati Culinary Arts Academy. Five years after graduation she visited New Orleans for Mardi Gras celebration she left her home state of Ohio for New Orleans. In New Orleans, she worked at Mr. B's bistro, then at Bistro at the Maison de Ville hotel under John Neal; in 1991, she followed Neal to Peristyle.

Kearney credits her stint as sous-chef there for the development of her classic French cooking techniques. The flair for the flavors of New Orleans evolved during her three years with Emeril Lagasse, where she did everything from cooking on the line and developing cookbook recipes to researching and writing Emeril's TV show scripts. Kearney returned to Peristyle as its chef and proprietor shortly after Neal died.[1]

In 2004, Kearney sold Peristyle and moved back to Ohio. She worked on Two Small Tomatoes, an all-natural organic garden.

On November 27, 2007, Kearney opened Rue Dumaine in Centerville, Ohio.[2] "Rue Dumaine" was the street on which Peristyle was located. Rue Dumaine has gone on to win both awards and recognition for their food, wine list and service.

Riding on Rue Dumaine's success, Kearney plans to open Alligator Annie's, a Southern style social club, in 2013.



  1. ^ Brett Anderson (December 20, 2009). "Against the Grain". The Times-Picayune. p. D1. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  2. ^ Mark Fisher. "New Wash. Twp. restaurant hires away Fleming's wine director".
  3. ^ Mark Fisher. "...Rue Dumaine's Anne Kearney was Finalist".
  4. ^ "Rue Dumaine's Open Table Awards".
  5. ^ "Zagat Entry for Rue Dumaine".
  6. ^ "James Beard Foundation Award History".
  7. ^ "James Beard Foundation Award History".
  8. ^ "James Beard Foundation Award History".